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Switzerland has some of the most beautiful yet hair-raising drives in the world, and visitors will be impressed by the remarkable engineering of roads and bridges in alpine regions.
Before you take to the roads in your rental car, here's what you need to know to stay safe while driving in Switzerland.
Road accidents are a major cause of death in Switzerland, so there are very strict laws in place for drivers. Here are a few road rules to keep in mind:
In addition to the regular road rules, the Swiss have a rule about drunk passengers you might not be used to back home.
The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% for drivers, and penalties are strict with a heavy fine or a jail sentence if you are over the limit. Random alcohol breath tests are carried out throughout Switzerland.
While this isn't unusual, you must be aware that if you hold a driving license and are traveling in the same car as a driver who is drunk, you may also lose your license as it is considered you are just as irresponsible for letting them drive you around.
Driving safely in the mountains is a skill, and the Swiss have a number of ground rules that may not be common sense to foreign travelers.
Always remember: look at the road, not the beautiful view.
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